Pledge of Allegiance​/​Hemlock and Holly

by THE BROTHER K MELEE

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released January 18, 2017

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THE BROTHER K MELEE New York, New York

It's the sound of a bar fight breaking out at a revival tent. No, wait - it's the sound of a revival breaking out during a bar fight. Whatever it is, "rocknroll" is probably as good a name as any. Hooks, howls, and heartache.

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Track Name: Pledge of Allegiance
If you gather me in your arms
If you gather me in your arms
If there's no cause left for alarm
If you gather me in your arms

If there's no cause left for alarm
If there's no cause left for alarm
If you swear to shield me from harm
If you gather me in your arms

So full of love, your love is full
Of whatever's left for me

If there's no cause left for alarm (I'll teach my daughters and my sons)
If there's no cause left for alarm (To stand among your chosen ones)
If you swear to shield me from harm (their faces shining like the sun)
If there's no cause left for alarm

If you're indisposed and well charmed (and I will love you till the day)
If you're bearing arms in bare arms (the people cease to kneel and pray)
If you swear to shield me from harm (to gods who've got hell to pay)
If you gather me in your arms

So full of love...

And I've finally figured out when to stop
It's a couple minutes after I realize I've had enough

I'll be the flood's siren
I'll be the blood's iron
I'll be the martyr's lion

So full of love...
Written by Lucas Kwong

Lucas Kwong: guitar/bass/lead vox
Garrett Fiddler: guitar/vox
David Cornejo: drums
Mixed by Kieran Kelly at The Buddy Project
Mastered by Dan Coutant
Track Name: Hemlock and Holly
I was born to a long tall sailor
And a maid who paid off the jailers
They say I was raised under a sign of Cancer
But the stars never gave the answer

I played in the streets where the fleets a-dallied
First in the taverns, then forth they sallied
Through alleyways to tear and be torn asunder
Oh, to die in a state of wonder

It’s alright for you to meet me on my way
Yeah, it’s alright for you to stay
But what’s it gonna take for you to take the pain away?
Guess I’ll wait another day


Ten years old, on the run from hangmen
I made my way through a forest of fanged men
Razor teeth never left the skin, I kept bleeding
They’re still feeding

Thin as a blade, pale as a vampire
I stumbled into the light of an empire
I hitched them rides till the rides hitched into me
I settled down and tried to love an enemy

It’s alright for you to meet me on my way
It’s alright for you to stay
But what’s it gonna take for you to take the pain away?
Guess I’ll wait another day


Made a life faking ones and zeros
For a has-been who thought he was some kind of hero
In a city of bridges and long tall buildings
Made of kindling

I met a lady in a sliver of Bleecker
We quivered for a time as the winds grew weaker
Sometimes I can’t believe she’s mine
She’s mine

Now I’m hanging hemlock and holly
The 76th is stormin up Broadway
It’s a long damn road from a cellar and a stable
Truth is, it never was no fable

It’s alright for you to meet me on my way
It’s alright for you to stay
But what’s it gonna take for you to take the pain away?
Guess I’ll wait another day

Written by Lucas Kwong